More than 30 years after its inception, Cactus Salon & Spa and its team of continually educated stylists have not lost their edge—they earned the Long Island Press's designation as Best Hair Salon and Best Day Spa in 2012. It's not surprising, then, that the salon has enjoyed such impressive growth over the years, with more than two dozen separate spa and salon locations.
Although hair is still the focus—stylists craft 'dos that reflect everyday ease or fashion-forward thinking—the repertoire has expanded to include everything from nail treatments and massages to permanent cosmetics and laser services. Since the roster is so broad, many clients take advantage of Cactus Club memberships, which give them the flexibility to try multiple services and products by deactivating the force fields between treatment rooms and granting a 33% discount on Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
Sonia of Sonia's Waxing Plus Skin Care Salon has been beautifying bodies since the early 1980s. A proud proponent of the Brazilian waxing style, she's helped countless clients go bare over the course of three decades, and today continues to offer services for both male and female clients. She staffs her three area salons with veteran aestheticians who perform waxing services as well as 10 different types of facials powered by a signature line of high-end, natural skincare products.
Pagoda Acupuncture’s licensed practitioners employ ancient Chinese medical techniques to restore youthful looks to clients’ faces without chemicals or surgery. The session commences with a one-on-one consultation with Pagoda owner and founder Heather L. Romano, whose interview swiftly unearths patients’ concerns and desires, much like a bulldozer driven by Sigmund Freud. Practitioners then lightly prick facial skin with thin needles, unleashing a face-soothing free-for-all designed to stimulate collagen production, tighten pores, and boost local blood flow. Virtually painless for most patients, the treatment can help to firm, tone, and lift skin without the use of harsh chemicals, invasive surgery, or tiring face workouts led by Richard Simmons’ eyebrows.
The team is devoted to creating a tranquil retreat, encouraging clients to slip away from their everyday hassles and relax while taking advantage of a comprehensive beauty menu. Mani-pedis coat nails in polish by OPI or CND, and a lamp-cured Shellac finish is designed to stay flawless for up to three weeks. Using hair products by Rusk and Goldwell and the oxygen-rich Scruples line, which readies hair for space travel, stylists snip and style hair. After a facial, a stress-dissolving massage, or a body scrub, makeup and tanning services impart camera-ready color.
Sage green walls and wood decor. Luxurious linens. Soothing music. All of these elements coalesce at A Beautiful You to make visits to this spa calming and peaceful. A Beautiful You's massage therapists are also registered nurses who use their diverse knowledge base to excel in four different types of treatments. The team also includes a certified acupuncturist who harnesses the Eastern healing arts to help rejuvenate skin and help clients quit smoking. For those that desire more decadent services, A Beautiful You treats skin to numerous collagen, vitamin C, and seaweed facials that leave them glowing as bright as a newborn flashlight.
Licensed acupuncturist Denise Rusnak and licensed massage therapist Nancy Dionisiou fight physical ailments with natural treatments that target the roots of illness. Their combined expertise in Chinese and Native American herbology, shamanistic techniques, reiki, and Japanese acupuncture round out a holistic skill set that aims to address conditions ranging from depression to digestive issues without using drugs or invasive procedures. The Asian-themed environs soothe eyes with a blend of hues such as mauve and apricot. Sky-blue walls in the treatment room set nerves at ease, bringing back childhood memories of stealing periwinkle crayons from local policemen.
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